U of Iowa suspends sharing of gun permit applicants' FERPA-protected data

Dive Summary:

  • After The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that the University of Iowa was sharing classroom achievement and student discipline data with law enforcement officials who process gun permits, the university suspended the practice.
  • The information is federally protected from disclosure by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and can't, by law, be considered by sheriffs processing permit-to-carry applications.
  • According to Mark Braun, chief of staff for university president Sally Mason, the practice may be reinstated pending clarification as to whether or not the privacy waiver signed by gun permit applicants covers information protected by FERPA.

From the article:

The University of Iowa has suspended its practice of sharing federally protected student information with Johnson County law enforcement officials who process gun-permit applications. ...

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